Williams Field coach Steve Campbell looked at his team's schedule months ago and knew then the importance of the final four weeks.
Two weeks into that stretch, Williams Field is positioning itself nicely for a postseason run after Friday night's 42-17 victory over visiting Queen Creek.
Not only should the win bump the Black Hawks past the Bulldogs to No. 3 in the Division III power rankings, but it provided a bounce back after last week's loss to No. 2 Saguaro.
Oh, and it was Williams Field's first win over neighboring and defending state champion Queen Creek.
"It's a great win. Last year, I lost to them in football, basketball and baseball," Williams Field quarterback Jeddediah Fagg said. "I'm really happy right now."
Fagg was the biggest difference — both between Williams Field and Queen Creek but also between the Black Hawks from last week to this.
The senior was 10-of-15 for 227 yards and three touchdowns — while Queen Creek threw for just 96 yards. Fagg connected with six different receivers and had four completions of more than 20 yards. It was a stark comparison to a week ago, when he was errant on his first six attempts and locked in on just one receiver.
"Last game I was amped up and had some overthrows. ... This game, I was focused on hitting the receiver on time," Fagg said. "After last week's game we didn't blame anybody. We focused on the little things in practice to get better and came out here and wanted vengeance for last year."
Queen Creek handily won the 2012 meeting, 49-6.
But Williams Field (7-1) racked up 348 yards Friday despite running just 45 plays to Queen Creek's 70, blocked a punt early in the first quarter and closed with Darius Williams' 88-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth.
"I wanted to allow him to get a rhythm, because I didn't let him do that last week," Campbell said of Fagg. "And when he does get in a rhythm I think he is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the state.
"It's a great sign for this team to battle back and not just get a win but look crisp in the process. We were really efficient, essentially only one punt. And you have to do that because Queen Creek is going to keep the ball. So you have to take advantage of your offensive series and we did that."
The Black Hawks went up 14-0 on a pair of Jacob Anderson 4-yard runs before Queen Creek (6-2) cut the deficit to 14-10 two minutes before halftime.
Fagg, though, hit Josh Page for a 28-yard touchdown a minute later that started a run of 21 unanswered points that the Bulldogs were not built to overcome.
Fagg connected with Luke Petruzzi on a 19-yard touchdown early in the third and then with Cole Forsgren for 23 of his 142 yards.
"We were not ready to play tonight and I'm not sure why," said Queen Creek coach Travis Schureman, who got 165 rushing yards and a touchdown from junior Weston Barlow. "They're a great team and I'm not taking anything away from them. But I need to do a better job as a head coach to get these kids ready."
Williams Field moves on to face Shadow Ridge next week. The Stallions entered Friday one spot behind the Black Hawks in the power rankings.
"The challenge now, after getting through two tough games, is we have two more tough games," Campbell said. "It's a run that's definitely going to prepare us for the playoffs. Hopefully we come out on top."
WILLIAMS FIELD 42, QUEEN CREEK 17
Queen Creek 0 10 7 0 — 17
Williams Field 6 15 14 7 — 42
WF — Anderson 4 run (kick blocked), 8:18
WF — Anderson 4 run (Forsgren from Fagg), 10:39
QC — Dobbs 1 run (Paulsen kick), 3:14
QC — Paulsen 34 FG, 2:03
WF — Page 28 pass from Fagg (Ruiz kick), 0:57
WF — Petruzzi 19 pass from Fagg (Ruiz kick), 9:11
WF — Forsgren 23 pass from Fagg (Ruiz kick), 4:25
QC — Barlow 4 run (Paulsen kick), 0:00
WF — Williams 88 INT return (Ruiz kick), 4:53
First downs: QC 21, WF 20
Rushing: QC 50-227, WF 30-121
Passing: QC 11-20-1-96, WF 10-15-0-227
Fumbles-Lost: QC 1-0, WF 1-1
Penalties-Yards: QC 3-30, WF 5-7
RUSHING — Queen Creek: Barlow 26-165, Bartlett 2-44, Guida 4-10, Lernley 3-8, Dobbs 15-0. Williams Field: Anderson 16-70, Mason 4-29, Gill 4-29, Page 2-9, Ross 2-4, Forsgren 1-(-1), Owens 1-(-19).
PASSING — Queen Creek: Dobbs 11-20-96-1. Williams Field: Fagg 10-15-0-227.
RECEIVING — Queen Creek: McGuire 6-60, Baldwin 1-17, Lernley 2-10, Buck 1-5, Kemmerer 1-4. Williams Field: Forsgren 5-142, Page 1-28, Petruzzi 1-19, Scholtens 1-14, Owens 1-12, Patterson 1-12.
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